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Material Safety Data Sheet

Oxalic acid anhydrous MSDS
Section 1: Chemical Product and Company Identification

Product Name: Oxalic acid anhydrous Contact Information:

Catalog Codes: SLO1186, Inc.
14025 Smith Rd.
CAS#: 144-62-7 Houston, Texas 77396
RTECS: RO2450000 US Sales: 1-800-901-7247
International Sales: 1-281-441-4400
TSCA: TSCA 8(b) inventory: No products were found. It is
a hydrate and exempt from TSCA inventory requirements. Order Online:

CI#: Not applicable. CHEMTREC (24HR Emergency Telephone), call:

Synonym: Ethanedoic acid; Ethanedionic acid
International CHEMTREC, call: 1-703-527-3887
Chemical Name: Oxalic Acid
For non-emergency assistance, call: 1-281-441-4400
Chemical Formula: (COOH)2

Section 2: Composition and Information on Ingredients


Name CAS # % by Weight

Oxalic acid anhydrous 144-62-7 100

Toxicological Data on Ingredients: Oxalic acid anhydrous: ORAL (LD50): Acute: 7500 mg/kg [Rat].

Section 3: Hazards Identification

Potential Acute Health Effects:

Very hazardous in case of skin contact (irritant), of eye contact (irritant), of ingestion, of inhalation. Hazardous in case of skin
contact (permeator), of eye contact (corrosive). Slightly hazardous in case of skin contact (corrosive). The amount of tissue
damage depends on length of contact. Eye contact can result in corneal damage or blindness. Skin contact can produce
inflammation and blistering. Inhalation of dust will produce irritation to gastro-intestinal or respiratory tract, characterized by
burning, sneezing and coughing. Severe over-exposure can produce lung damage, choking, unconsciousness or death.
Inflammation of the eye is characterized by redness, watering, and itching. Skin inflammation is characterized by itching,
scaling, reddening, or, occasionally, blistering.
Potential Chronic Health Effects:
available. DEVELOPMENTAL TOXICITY: Not available. The substance may be toxic to kidneys, the nervous system, mucous
membranes, heart, brain, skin, eyes. Repeated or prolonged exposure to the substance can produce target organs damage.
Repeated exposure of the eyes to a low level of dust can produce eye irritation. Repeated skin exposure can produce local
skin destruction, or dermatitis. Repeated inhalation of dust can produce varying degree of respiratory irritation or lung damage.

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Section 4: First Aid Measures

Eye Contact:
Check for and remove any contact lenses. In case of contact, immediately flush eyes with plenty of water for at least 15
minutes. Cold water may be used. Get medical attention immediately.
Skin Contact:
In case of contact, immediately flush skin with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes while removing contaminated clothing
and shoes. Cover the irritated skin with an emollient. Cold water may be used.Wash clothing before reuse. Thoroughly clean
shoes before reuse. Get medical attention immediately.
Serious Skin Contact:
Wash with a disinfectant soap and cover the contaminated skin with an anti-bacterial cream. Seek immediate medical
If inhaled, remove to fresh air. If not breathing, give artificial respiration. If breathing is difficult, give oxygen. Get medical
Serious Inhalation:
Evacuate the victim to a safe area as soon as possible. Loosen tight clothing such as a collar, tie, belt or waistband. If
breathing is difficult, administer oxygen. If the victim is not breathing, perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. WARNING: It may
be hazardous to the person providing aid to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation when the inhaled material is toxic, infectious or
corrosive. Seek immediate medical attention.
Do NOT induce vomiting unless directed to do so by medical personnel. Never give anything by mouth to an unconscious
person. If large quantities of this material are swallowed, call a physician immediately. Loosen tight clothing such as a collar,
tie, belt or waistband.
Serious Ingestion: Not available.

Section 5: Fire and Explosion Data

Flammability of the Product: May be combustible at high temperature.

Auto-Ignition Temperature: Not available.
Flash Points: Not available.
Flammable Limits: Not available.
Products of Combustion: These products are carbon oxides (CO, CO2).
Fire Hazards in Presence of Various Substances:
Slightly flammable to flammable in presence of heat. Non-flammable in presence of shocks.
Explosion Hazards in Presence of Various Substances:
Slightly explosive in presence of open flames and sparks. Non-explosive in presence of shocks.
Fire Fighting Media and Instructions:
SMALL FIRE: Use DRY chemical powder. LARGE FIRE: Use water spray, fog or foam. Do not use water jet.
Special Remarks on Fire Hazards: As with most organic solids, fire is possible at elevated temperatures
Special Remarks on Explosion Hazards:
Fine dust dispersed in air in sufficient concentrations, and in the presences of an ignition source is a potential dust explosion

Section 6: Accidental Release Measures

Small Spill:

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Use appropriate tools to put the spilled solid in a convenient waste disposal container. If necessary: Neutralize the residue with
a dilute solution of sodium carbonate.
Large Spill:
Corrosive solid. Stop leak if without risk. Do not get water inside container. Do not touch spilled material. Use water spray to
reduce vapors. Prevent entry into sewers, basements or confined areas; dike if needed. Eliminate all ignition sources. Call for
assistance on disposal. Neutralize the residue with a dilute solution of sodium carbonate. Be careful that the product is not
present at a concentration level above TLV. Check TLV on the MSDS and with local authorities.

Section 7: Handling and Storage

Keep container dry. Keep away from heat. Keep away from sources of ignition. Empty containers pose a fire risk, evaporate
the residue under a fume hood. Ground all equipment containing material. Do not ingest. Do not breathe dust. Never add
water to this product. In case of insufficient ventilation, wear suitable respiratory equipment. If ingested, seek medical advice
immediately and show the container or the label. Avoid contact with skin and eyes. Keep away from incompatibles such as
oxidizing agents, metals, alkalis.
Storage: Keep container tightly closed. Keep container in a cool, well-ventilated area.

Section 8: Exposure Controls/Personal Protection

Engineering Controls:
Use process enclosures, local exhaust ventilation, or other engineering controls to keep airborne levels below recommended
exposure limits. If user operations generate dust, fume or mist, use ventilation to keep exposure to airborne contaminants
below the exposure limit.
Personal Protection:
Splash goggles. Synthetic apron. Vapor and dust respirator. Be sure to use an approved/certified respirator or equivalent.
Personal Protection in Case of a Large Spill:
Splash goggles. Full suit. Vapor and dust respirator. Boots. Gloves. A self contained breathing apparatus should be used to
avoid inhalation of the product. Suggested protective clothing might not be sufficient; consult a specialist BEFORE handling
this product.
Exposure Limits:
TWA: 1 STEL: 2 (mg/m3) from ACGIH (TLV) [United States] TWA: 1 STEL: 2 (mg/m3) from OSHA (PEL) [United States] TWA:
1 STEL: 2 (mg/m3) from NIOSH [United States] TWA: 1 STEL: 2 (mg/m3) [United Kingdom (UK)] TWA: 1 STEL: 2 (mg/m3)
[Canada]Consult local authorities for acceptable exposure limits.

Section 9: Physical and Chemical Properties

Physical state and appearance: Solid. (Crystals solid. crystalline powder.)

Odor: Odorless.
Taste: Not available.
Molecular Weight: 90.04g/mole
Color: Colorless. White.
pH (1% soln/water): Not available
Boiling Point: Not available.
Melting Point: Decomposition temperature: 189.5C (373.1F)
Critical Temperature: Not available.

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Specific Gravity: Density: 1.9 @ 17 deg. C(Water = 1)
Vapor Pressure: Not applicable.
Vapor Density: 4.62 (Air = 1)
Volatility: Not available.
Odor Threshold: Not available.
Water/Oil Dist. Coeff.: Not available.
Ionicity (in Water): Not available.
Dispersion Properties: See solubility in water, diethyl ether.
Soluble in cold water, diethyl ether. Soluble in alcohol, glycerol. Insoluble in benzene, petroleum ether Solubility in cold water:
1g/7ml. Solubility in hot water: 1g/2ml

Section 10: Stability and Reactivity Data

Stability: The product is stable.

Instability Temperature: Not available.
Conditions of Instability: Excess heat, incompatible materials, dust generation.
Incompatibility with various substances: Reactive with oxidizing agents, metals, alkalis.
Corrosivity: Non-corrosive in presence of glass.
Special Remarks on Reactivity:
Incompatible with chlorites, hypochlorites, silver and silver compounds, furfuryl alcohol. Hygroscopic; keep container tightly
Special Remarks on Corrosivity: Not available.
Polymerization: Will not occur.

Section 11: Toxicological Information

Routes of Entry: Absorbed through skin. Dermal contact. Inhalation. Ingestion.

Toxicity to Animals: Acute oral toxicity (LD50): 7500 mg/kg [Rat].
Chronic Effects on Humans:
May cause damage to the following organs: kidneys, the nervous system, mucous membranes, heart, brain, skin, eyes.
Other Toxic Effects on Humans:
Very hazardous in case of skin contact (irritant), of ingestion, of inhalation. Hazardous in case of skin contact (permeator), of
eye contact (corrosive). Slightly hazardous in case of skin contact (corrosive).
Special Remarks on Toxicity to Animals:
Lowest Published Lethal Dose: LDL [woman] - Route: Oral; Dose: 660 mg/kg
Special Remarks on Chronic Effects on Humans: May cause adverse reproductive effects based on animal test data. No
human data found.
Special Remarks on other Toxic Effects on Humans:
Acute Potential Health Effects: Skin: Causes skin irritation. Rare chemical burns may occur. Harmful if absorbed through the
skin. Eyes: Causes severe eye irritation with possible burns. It may result in corneal damage and conjunctivitis. Inhalation:
Causes irritation of the respiratory tract, ulceration of the mucous membranes. Inhalation of oxalic acid may also cause
digestive disturbances such as nausea and vomiting as well as affecting the nerves and urinary system and causing

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headache, muscular irrritability, weakness, and albuminuira Ingestion: Harmful if swallowed. Causes severe digestive tract
irritation and possible burns. It may affect the cardiovascular system, and urinary system. Symptoms may include vomiting
(often bloody or with coffee-ground appearance), diarrhea, bloody stool, hypermotility, abdominal pain, intense burning pain
in the throat, esophagus, stomach, ulceration/burning of the mouth, esophagus, and stomach, severe purging, weak pulse,
hypotension, caridac irregularities, cardiovascular collapse. Other symptoms may include convulsions, headache, twitching,
tetany, stupor, coma, tingling of fingers and toes, muscular irritability. Renal damage, as evidenced by oliguria, albuminuria,
hematuria, may occur because Oxalic acid can bind calcium to form calcium oxalate which is insoluble at physiological pH.
The calcium oxalate formed might precipitate in the kidney tubules. Hypocalcemia may also occur, which is what may affect
the function of the heart and nerves and cause the above cardiovasular and nervous system effects. Chronic Potential Health
Effects: Skin: Prolonged or repeated exposure may cause localized pain and cyanosis of the fingers, and even

Section 12: Ecological Information

Ecotoxicity in water (LC50): 4000 mg/l 24 hours [Fish (Bluegill)]. 1000 ppm 0.5 hours [Fish (Goldfish)]. 100 ppm 0.3 hours
[Fish (Trout)].
BOD5 and COD: Not available.
Products of Biodegradation:
Possibly hazardous short term degradation products are not likely. However, long term degradation products may arise.
Toxicity of the Products of Biodegradation: The products of degradation are less toxic than the product itself.
Special Remarks on the Products of Biodegradation: Not available.

Section 13: Disposal Considerations

Waste Disposal:
Waste must be disposed of in accordance with federal, state and local environmental control regulations.

Section 14: Transport Information

DOT Classification: Class 8: Corrosive material

Identification: : Corrosive Solid, Acidic, Organic, n.o.s. (Oxalic Acid) UNNA: 3261 PG: III
Special Provisions for Transport: Not available.

Section 15: Other Regulatory Information

Federal and State Regulations:

Illinois toxic substances disclosure to employee act: Oxalic acid anhydrous Rhode Island RTK hazardous substances: Oxalic
acid anhydrous Pennsylvania RTK: Oxalic acid anhydrous Minnesota: Oxalic acid anhydrous Massachusetts RTK: Oxalic acid
anhydrous New Jersey: Oxalic acid anhydrous California Director's list of hazardous substances: Oxalic acid anhydrous TSCA
8(b) inventory: Oxalic acid anhydrous
Other Regulations:
OSHA: Hazardous by definition of Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200). EINECS: This product is on the
European Inventory of Existing Commercial Chemical Substances.
Other Classifications:
WHMIS (Canada): CLASS E: Corrosive solid.
R21/22- Harmful in contact with skin and if swallowed. S24/25- Avoid contact with skin and eyes.

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HMIS (U.S.A.):
Health Hazard: 3
Fire Hazard: 1
Reactivity: 0
Personal Protection: j
National Fire Protection Association (U.S.A.):
Health: 3
Flammability: 1
Reactivity: 0
Specific hazard:
Protective Equipment:
Gloves. Synthetic apron. Vapor and dust respirator. Be sure to use an approved/certified respirator or equivalent. Wear
appropriate respirator when ventilation is inadequate. Splash goggles.

Section 16: Other Information

References: Not available.

Other Special Considerations: Not available.
Created: 10/10/2005 11:07 AM
Last Updated: 11/06/2008 12:00 PM

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